Rise of the nons


Am happy to report that there is some glimmer of hope, or rather, a light maybe from a match, it can’t be from a candle because that would be too bright, that atheism and atheists are beginning to be noticed in the country.

The rise of atheism in modern Kenya

Non believers have been around for ages, they just found a united voice

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

16 thoughts on “Rise of the nons

  1. Mordanicus says:

    When I first read your title I confused “nons” with “nuns”, maybe because the Dutch word “non” means nun. But this is indeed good news.

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  2. themodernidiot says:

    congratulations. i hope it follows a peaceful path to new understandings.

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  3. aguywithoutboxers says:

    LOL on the confusion about the title with Mordanicus! ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s a classic! Seriously, I think people everywhere are, at last, discovering the absurdity and hypocrisy of all the belief systems. With all the available technology, it’s no longer possible for the leaders of those systems to conceal their excesses and greed. Great commentary, my Nairobi brother!

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    • makagutu says:

      Maybe they will soon see the need to ensure that the church is separated from state. And that religious leaders and their followers to be encouraged to keep their beliefs private

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      • aguywithoutboxers says:

        So true, my friend! Politics and religion are two entirely different plagues on society!

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  4. john zande says:

    Good. Some of the comments after the article are hilarious. This gem caught my eye:

    “Anarchism was the fuse that lit the fires of the two world wars of the last century! It has its roots in atheism. If atheists are going to sit on their laurels of evidence based society they better be ready for debate, someone is already ahead of the curve! Bring it on!!! …. and better have no faith in absolutely anything, if that is the foundation of your FAITH!
    Don’t be Axiomatic, axioms are faith-based facts. Some fundamentals cannot be proven, they are taken as fact. Fundamental Laws of Science are axioms.”

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  5. niquesdawson says:

    Glimmer of Hope iko Wapi broโ€ฆ?

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    • makagutu says:

      Think of it this way, the people who own newspapers are most likely religious or pretend to be, the editors are religious or pretend to be so that for that article to appear on a paper with as a wide circulation as nation newspaper, then someone has taken notice.

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  6. fojap says:

    “Atheism is about as much a religion as celibacy is a sexual position.” A very good response. I think I will use that one.

    One little quibble about that same article: He writes, “some states in America do not allow an atheist to hold public office.” This is not quite correct. The subject is mentioned in this post on Patheos and I’d like to draw your attention to the first comment which has a link to a relevant court case.
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2012/06/01/where-atheists-cant-hold-office/

    There are many antiquated laws on the books on a variety of subjects. Usually, they don’t get officially changed until they are challenged. What would need to happen is that an atheist would have to be elected or appointed to an office, then the state would have to prevent them from taking office, the person would have to challenge it and then it would have to get stricken down by a court. The most likely course of events if an atheist were elected, according to my own conjecture, in most places the law wouldn’t be enforced. Therefore, there would be no opportunity of striking it down. Of course, that doesn’t address prejudice that might prevent an atheist from being elected in the first place.

    I know that this is a post about Kenya, so I’m sorry if I’m taking up way too much time giving proof about a short little assertion that doesn’t even affect the gist of the article. But here is another link to an article by someone who has first hand knowledge of how those law work, for those who might be interested:
    http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/panelists/herb_silverman/2009/12/atheists_in_office_deja_vu_all_over_again.html

    Personally, I’m more interested in civil liberties and freedom of thought than in whether or not other people believe. However, I can’t but help thinking that an increase in atheism is a good thing.

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    • makagutu says:

      You, my friend, need not apologise for taking too much space. I think it is in order to offer criticisms or correction where something is inaccurate for the benefit of all those who happen to visit this blog and maybe go through the comments.

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